5/23/11 12:48 PM | Johan Lindahl
Novak Djokovic is happy to have dinner occasionally with rivals including Andy Murray or Rafael Nadal. But when it comes to forming a strong friendship, that will have to wait until after their tennis is done.
The Serb who has yet to lose a match this season and carries a 37-0 record into his French Open first-round match, said that while he's cordial with all of his competitors, there is a line to be drawn.
"Sometimes, I have dinner with Andy or Rafa; but the reality is none of us can be real mates while we are fighting for history," he told London tabloid the Mail on Sunday. "But one day, when we've all retired, I look forward to sitting down over a beer with them all, and their families, and remember what we went through.
"Roger, Rafa, Andy and myself have a very civil relationship, with a great respect for one another."
The low-key Serb was also quick to praise those who would love nothing better than to end his streak in Paris. "I have only nice words to say about Rafa," he said. "He always wants to improve and you never see him disrespect another player.
"And Roger, his results say everything. With 16 Grand Slam titles, he's the most successful player ever. He may lose a little more often, but everything can change in the next month if he wins in Paris and at Wimbledon."
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